It’s that time of the year when MBBS and BDS aspirants are really anxious. After burning the mid-night oil for year(s), they go through what may be called the litmus test. It boils down to one day; the day of the exam. The proverbial do-or-die situation takes the pressure to the apex.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 witnessed a similar situation when as many as 11 lakh candidates appeared for the NEET UG 2017 exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). More than 1500 Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and more than 600 foreign nationals also attempted the exam.
The sheer number of aspirants competing for about 90,000 seats across the country suggests that cracking NEET is indeed a herculean task. The pressure on the candidates and the parents is bound to be there.
The exam was conducted in 10 languages as against 8 languages last year. The CBSC had made arrangements for 1,921 centers spread across 103 cities where students could take NEET in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali Assamese, Gujarati, Oriya and Kannada.
“490 CBSE officials were deployed in 103 cities to personally supervise the exam. Besides city coordinators of CBSE schools, 3,500 observers were also appointed,” a senior board official was quoted as saying in LiveMint.
Last year students did not have the option to attempt NEET in Oriya and Kannada. Unlike last year when NEET was conducted in two phases, the medical entrance exam has been conducted in one phase this year.